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Government

  • City budget, school board selections fill agenda

        A public hearing on Bedford’s budget, last week, drew no speakers.

        “There is no proposed increase in the real estate tax rate or personal property tax rates,” stated City Manager Charles Kolakowski in a letter to the mayor and City Council members last month. “There is no proposed increase in the solid waste charges.”

  • BCSO launches new Lake patrol boat

        A grant through the Department of Homeland Security has allowed the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office to purchase a new Lake patrol boat.

        And it’s up and running.
        The department officially launched the boat for Memorial Day weekend and patrols from the Sheriff’s Office will continue to man it on weekends through Labor Day. The patrols will be focused on crime prevention and safety.

  • District 7 seat open

        Monday night’s Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting included a surprise announcement from District 7 Supervisor Gary Lowry.

        “I will not run for the board of supervisors in 2011,” Lowry said. “The District 7 Seat is open.”

  • Planning commission turns down tower

        The Bedford County Planning Commission unanimously turned down, Monday night, a request from AT&T to build a 160-foot cell tower on a property on Perrowville Road.

        The proposed location is in a wooded area at the rear of a commercial site, but there is dense residential development nearby. The people living in these adjoining neighborhoods spoke out against the proposal at a public hearing.

  • Bedford Co. eliminates tax on inventory

        In an effort to provide tax relief for small businesses, Bedford County has eliminated its Merchant’s Capital tax. That tax requires that businesses calculate their inventories on January 1, and pay a certain percentage of tax on that.

        District 1 Supervisor Dale Wheeler, who made the motion last month to eliminate this tax, said  the tax put retailers in a dilemma as the end of the year approached. If they didn’t buy enough, they could run out of inventory. If they bought too much, they got taxed.

  • Business owners say current zoning creates problems

    There are cases in which Bedford County’s current zoning ordinance chases business out of the county, according to Lee and Stan Aylor. They presented that message to the Bedford County Board of Supervisors Monday night.
        The Aylor brothers have owned Aylor’s Farm and Garden in Forest, located on U. S. 221, for three decades. They bought the property and got their business going there before the county had any zoning at all. When the county adopted a traditional zoning ordinance in 1998, their property was zoned commercial.

  • Redistricting

    A historic state-level redistricting effort is currently in the hands of the U. S. Department of Justice.

        “It was unlike any other redistricting session in 50 years,” commented Delegate Lacey Putney, who has been in the General Assembly for the four that preceded this one.

  • Eco Village gets six thumbs up

    Lynchburg College’s plan for camping facilities—dubbed an Eco Village—at Claytor Nature Study Center is on its way to the Bedford County Board of Supervisors with the County Planning Commission’s blessing. The commission voted, Monday night, to recommend it by a 6-1 vote. District 4 planning commissioner Frederic Fralick cast the lone dissenting vote.

  • Developer in harmony with VDOT plan

    A proposed development has turned out to be in perfect harmony with a Virginia Department of Transportation plan to fix a dangerous crossover on U. S. 460.

  • Bedford to sue County School Board

        The city of Bedford voted unanimously, at a Wednesday night meeting, to sue the Bedford County School Board for breach of contract.

        The meeting, which convened in council chambers at 5:30 p.m. was a continuation of a previous meeting. Assistant City Manager Bart Warner said that this time was set because all City Council members wanted to be there. After opening, city council resumed their closed session, then joined the city school board in a closed session.